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4 stars The first time I knew Anekdoten was through their "From Within" album which blew me away at first spin and made me explore other albums of the band. I got "Nucleus", "Vemod" and now the latest album "A Time of Day". When I spun this album at the first time, I was so impressed with the opening track "The Great Unknown" (6:22) which generates mellotron-drenched music combined with guitar rhythm in floating style. It again confirms that the music of Anekdoten is very close with King Crimson. It's truly a joy enjoying this opening track especially when the style of guitar fills, solos combined with soaring mellotron sounds which remind me to the 70s prog music. Not only that, this album also features Gunnar Bergsten as flutist. Wow! man . it's truly a great track!

The next track "30 Pieces" (7:13) moves in an upbeat mode but it still maintaining the similar style of opening track. The vocal line sounds heavier. There is an obvious use of organ overlayed by mellotron. Again, the flute work is so catchy and dark .. in fact it has catchy notes. This time flute provides great solo during interlude part and makes this song sounds elegant as a vintage prog tune.

"King Oblivion" (5:02) moves in a bit different style because there is an obvious psychedelic style and the way vocal is being sung. It's still a nice track with straightforward structure. "A Sky About To Rain" (6:29) goes even more psychedelic especially through the use of acoustic guitar in a mellow style. "Every Step I Take" (3:06) brings the music back on track. The mellotron sounds go thinner and softer. "Stardust And Sand" (4:29) starts off with an acoustic guitar works accompanying excellent singing style. Keyboard and mellotron played softly at the back.

"In For A Ride" (6:47) brings the music into uptempo style with heavier mellotron sounds. The musical break with organ solo is really interesting. The concluding track "Prince Of The Ocean" (5:30) is really a good track in mellow style with catchy and memorable melody. The vocal line (male - female duo) is so clean and powerful. This is one of my favorite tracks.

Overall, I am really happy listening to this album because all songs are good with some are being exceptional. If you have King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator albums and you like it, it's a big possibility that you like it as well. Give it a try! You will never be disappointed owning this album. Keep on proggin'..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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